Apple working on iPad mini upgrade with larger 8.7-inch OLED screen: report

According to a report, Apple is working on bringing OLED screens to two iPad models that may arrive within the next three years. According to ETNews report (in Korean), the Cupertino company is expected to refresh its iPad Pro models with OLED displays next year and the improved displays will also make their way to other iPad models in later years. The iPad Mini is also expected to have a slightly larger display than the current model.

Recent South Korean publications informed of That Apple will equip its iPad mini and iPad Air models with OLED screens in 2026. Apple last updated the iPad mini in 2021 while the latest iPad Air model was launched last year. They are equipped with 8.3-inch and 10.9-inch Liquid Retina IPS LCD screens respectively. According to the report, the alleged iPad models will sport single-stack LTPS OLED screens.

Apple is also planning to upgrade the OLED iPad mini with a larger display – it will reportedly have an 8.7-inch screen, which is 0.4 inches larger than the current iPad mini model. Despite the increase in size, the iPad Mini is expected to remain the company’s smallest tablet.

According to the report, before the arrival of these models, Apple will launch new iPad models with OLED screens in 2024. A refreshed iPad Pro in 11-inch and 13-inch display sizes is expected to launch next year. This is in line with a recent report from Taiwanese market research firm TrendForce that Apple will replace the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a 13-inch model when it equips both models with OLED panels next year.

Before the unveiling of these new iPad models, the company is expected to introduce other changes to its iPad portfolio. TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted last week that Apple’s refreshed iPad mini and iPad Air models will arrive by 2024. The company plans to launch a new iPad Air model in the first quarter of 2024 – with a new 12.9-inch display, according to the analyst, followed by a new iPad mini model in the second half of the year, as well as the standard 11th-generation iPad model will also come.


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